Sunday, April 06, 2008

Doctor Who: 'Partners in Crime' (S4E1)

Doctor Who returns. Yay!

Donna returns. Hmmm?

Cute alien blobs. Nice.

Technobabble & sonic screwdrivers that can do everything. Erm.

Well, I suppose it was OK. Donna could get annoying or she could be OK. I'll get back to you on that one. Reasonably entertaining. Next.

And Rose? Well, that's where it could get interesting...

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At 1:50 pm, Blogger David Meldrum said...

Did I miss a meeting? I thought that was not only a bad episode, but one of the worst Dr Who episodes ever...when Dr W is good it's fantastic; when it's's embarassing. It's the sort of episode written for a bad GCSE creative writing paper....(apart from last 5 minutes).

Discuss :-)

Would comment on Torchwood, but still to watch last 2 episodes, so son't read your reviews; but really enjoying this series.

At 3:56 pm, Blogger Ricky Carvel said...

OK. It wasn't great, I never said it was. And it was an episode written with a 7 year old audience in mind.

But I actually liked the bit where the Doctor & Donna were investigating the same stuff and missing each other, and the whole mouthing to each other across the room bit was rubbish, but entertaining. And the central idea of the fat just walking away was funny, especially when the cat flap came into it.

But it also was written in crayon. With an A -> B -> C pretty obvious plot.

As a series opener it wasn't in the same league as 'Rose' or 'Smith & Jones' but was comparable to the Series 2 opener 'New Earth' which was also pretty 1D. Also it was in the same league as the last two Christmas episodes, which were both a bit lacking in the plot department.

So nothing worth writing home about, or possibly even blogging about, but I still have high hopes for the future...

At 10:11 am, Blogger Marcus G said...

OK, I think this was pretty poor DW. BUT - it had two pretty good bits in it (maybe three) and one terrific moment.

The shocker is that the pretty good moments all involved Donna.

1: the Doctor and Donna finally seeing each other - actually this comedy being done across a torture scene was pretty good new DW. I liked it.
2: Donna & Bernard Cribbens. The first scene was actually touching, and had a depth of emotion to it that we rarely saw in any of the previous family relationships, and certainly not in the early days of establishing a new family. Jackie? Give me a break. Bernard Cribbens' little finger can do more. And Donna was good here too.
3: Bernard's little dance on seeing Donna fly off - wonderful. The tie-in to last Christmas was good, but not needed. BC is classy.

The terrific moment? OK. One tear from Rose and all that Donna stuff gets some perspective. But still, that's the beauty of a set-up. Now we want more!


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